On June 23 the United States conducted an unmanned aerial drone attack in Somalia, killing at least one person and wounding others. The targets of the attack were members of the Somali militant group al-Shabaab, which for several years has been fighting the U.S.-backed Somali government. Recently, however, the group began “planning operations outside of Somalia,” a senior U.S. military official told the Washington Post.

South Sudan flagSouth Sudan formally declared independence from its former oppressor North Sudan over the weekend after decades of bloody conflicts, but the problems plaguing the two countries are far from being resolved.

The ongoing assault on the Christian churches of Egypt in the aftermath of that nation’s "democratic" revolution continues to demonstrate that the rising leadership has a very different vision for a post-Mubarak nation than that which was presented to the West earlier this year.

NATO has decided to extend its mission in Libya for another 90 days. NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen explains why: “This decision sends a clear message to the Gadhafi regime. We are determined to continue our operation to protect the people of Libya…. NATO, our partners, the whole international community, stand with you. We stand united to make sure that you can shape your own future. And that day is getting closer." British Foreign Secretary William Hague applauded the decision, saying that it represented an “important reaffirmation” of the global commitment to protect Libyan citizens.

Al-Badeel, an Egyptian news service, has reported that an Egyptian Nazi Party will contend in the upcoming elections.  Emad Abdel Sattar, a founding member of the group, summed up its belief as "vesting all powers in a president after choosing him carefully," adding, " … preparations are under way to choose the most competent person to represent the party."  The new party also notes that membership is "increasing at an unexpected rate, and several people came back to ask about the nature of the party and its plans."

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